This is the 18th feature film I've watched during this year. I enjoyed it as a fairly quick crime drama....print is good, but there are short sections of footage missing...but it doesn't really detract from the film.
April 26, 2014 Subject:
Under Hot Dryers
As previously pointed out, this is really not a noir. I think it is still worth a watch as a fun little murder mystery because of good acting and some nice camerawork. Ms Landis is spellbinding. I could do without the reporter gang acting like the Ritz Brothers, but I suppose that was part of the atmosphere of a big city police station in pre-police scanner days.
Alas, it looks like this one was made on the quick. Since my first review of this film I've discovered Brower died shortly after its release. I suspect his poor health was at least partly responsible for it presenting a rushed to the destributors feel.
But you gotta love those 1946 women's fashions and baked-in salon perms!
May 23, 2011 Subject:
William Gargan Excellent in "Behind Green Lights"
William Gargan delivers, in his low key manner, an excellent performance in this police saga covering events over one evening. The supporting cast is generally quite good with Carol Landis in fine form. An interesting story with only minor flaws. It is well worth seeing for those who appreciate "B" or low budget movies.
April 21, 2010 Subject:
Interesting, and humorous at times.
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April 20, 2010 Subject:
The old "Dead Guy In A Closet" trick
Tut..Tut, all you movie toots. This film is just another cute 1940's who-done-it fluff ball. Predictable but enjoyable. I liked Lombard, and the lead actor, but never heard of him or saw him in anything else.
September 20, 2009 Subject:
This is a mildly entertaining B.picture mix of drama and comic farce which,is reminiscent of The Front Page.
Carol Landis,although the nominal star of the film had too little to do.
Sadly, she was to commit suicide a couple of years later.
This film appears on an extended list of folm noirs that I use as a reference point to seek out movies of this sort, but like many films included, its place as a film noir seems pretty tenuous.
Generally, given a hard boiled plot, a troubled protagonist, the usual lighting and camera work, rainy nights and shadows from the venetian blinds, the noir technique was used to elevate second rate material, actors, and directors constrained by tight budgets into something more worthwhile than the standard 'grind-'em-out' B movie mediocrity.
Unfortunately there is little of that effort shown in this fairly ordinary film. It is not very engaging, the acting is rather flat, and the plot pretty contrived. Carol Landis' hairdo really is something to puzzle over though, and the idea that she and William Gargan hook up at the end is pretty odd as well.
September 21, 2006 Subject:
don't care for it
As far as noir goes it's not that good.
I just don't care for the writting really.
Everything else is actually pretty well done.
July 2, 2004 Subject:
oofa snarf plumple
surprisingly good. the women's hairdos and hats are kind of, er, smooth.